This week I found myself with a Sunday afternoon free and a craving for a roast dinner. What better time than to pay a visit to Norton’s most famous eatery; No 12 Harland Place. This deli come restaurant sits pride of place in the centre of Norton High Street. With its overhanging trees, wideroads, a duck pond and plenty of greenery, Norton can seem more akin to a little rural village than itdoes a town in the middle of the industrious North East and is the perfect setting for another one of my hidden treasures.
After admiring the charming yet sophisticated shopfront and making your way inside you will
immediately see why this hotspot is so highly regarded; a deli counter stacked full with mouth
watering cakes and delicious treats sits beside a well stocked bar, the surrounding furniture is made up of inviting booths, low sitting tables and comfy sofas. A little further along you will come into the dining area – a spacious room framed with large wooden beams and exposed brick tastefully adorned with old shop signs and a large chalk board displaying the menu and specials of the day. The quirky décor and homely atmosphere sway more towards café than they do restaurant and that is by no means a bad thing, especially when the menu is this good.
Harland Place offers a whole host of delightful food across its various locally sourced menu’s
including steaks, burgers, pizza’s, pasta, curry’s and seafood. The chefs attention to detail and
obvious love of food is apparent with every meal; dishes are incredibly presented and every
mouthful is a joy. I would personally recommend popping in on a Sunday afternoon and trying
one of their sublime Sunday roasts, you will not be disappointed. There is much more than just
dinner to get excited about as there is also a full breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea menu
available, wether you’re in a rush and need a quick bite or fancy a nice coffee with some finger food, Harland has you covered. Last but by no means least lets talk cakes! No visit to Harland Place is complete without a piece of one of their many succulently sublime sweets, don’t worry if you couldn’t handle another bite after your main course, the staff will be more than happy to box a piece up ready to be enjoyed at your convenience.
I have always found the waiters and waitresses to be very professional and courteous and there are always friendly smiles on faces whenever I go. The dining area and bar can get very busy at
times but I am always seated quickly and food consistently makes its way out of the kitchen in a
surprisingly swift manor. Having such attentive and personable staff helps create a wonderfully
welcoming atmosphere and a very enjoyable dining experience.
Harland Place also offers up some wonderful events, from live music featuring some of the
regions most talented acts to gin tasting nights and even a film club. The private terrace is also
available for hire and includes generous drink and food packages which are sure to impress. So,
whatever the occasion, whatever the time of day, do yourself a favour and check out No. 12
Harland Place – I guarantee you will not regret it. To see the menu, book a table or see what’s
on, head on over to their website.